Update: Our friends over at VGC have stated that an announcement regarding the Super Mario 3D remasters is expected “imminently”, with the source being True Gaming’s Omar Al-Amoudi, who claims we’ll be hearing about it this week.
To add more fuel to the fire, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb – who has been behind some high-profile insider info of late – posted the following on Twitter today:
Original Story [Tue 1st Sep, 2020 08:45 BST]: Mario turns 35 this year (the NES original hit Japan on September 13th, 1985), but it would seem that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has scuppered the plans Nintendo had to celebrate this milestone.
As has been reported by numerous sources, the company is working on a Switch collection which includes remastered versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, and there are plans to produce a special edition of Super Mario 3D World for the console, too.
While there are rumours that Nintendo intends to announce these projects this month, YouTuber Nate the Hate – who has a pretty solid track record on insider scoops relating to Nintendo – has given a little more detail on what’s potentially happening, and that the games could be delayed until later in the year to fill a gap in Nintendo’s release schedule. It is being stated that Nintendo intended to reveal the projects at E3 2020.
I think now it’s going to be positioned more as a holiday game than as they had originally planned. I believe the original plan was that the 3D collection was going to come out in September, had these games been announced in June… then we probably would have had 3D World Deluxe follow it in either October of maybe even early November. Now that’s completely scrapped.
Despite the release delay, both the remasters and Super Mario 3D World will still be announced this month, which will at least allow Nintendo to acknowledge the character’s 35th birthday in some way. However, Nate fears that Super Mario 3D World may even slip into 2021, missing Mario’s big celebration year altogether.
Video Games Chronicle – our source for this report – has stated that it has corroborated Nate’s comments with other sources and the information matches up, but what do you make of all this? Let us know with a comment.